Waiting on the Patio

07/07/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

I'm hanging out on the patio of Metro Joe's waiting for George et al for the third Wifi Crawl. I came early because, believe it or not, I never was here before, even in it's previous incarnate as Cafe Noire. They serve Equal Exchange Coffee here and I'm debating on putting on my Phoenix Coffee Espresso Evangelist hat and do some work. (Sarah don't read that last part.)

We wil be here until about 11:30am then off to Wade Oval. See any of you there?

TWifi on the Air

07/02/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

While you are doing yardwork or enjoying the day and if you want to hear some cogent discussion about community wifi and what the Tremont Wifi neighborhood is doing, tune in to WRUW 91.1 FM today and listen to me tell the story on Jim Eastman's show, Saturday Morning Science (but we are at 1:30?).

There is a call-in so try to hear it live instead of downloading the archive from the website.

New TWifi Hotspot

06/26/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

I had a lttle comment fun with Andy Timithy over on BFD, but I took him up on coming by last night.

Fortunately, it was a slow Saturday night and we had a chance to talk about wifi and the goal of Tremont Wifi Neighborhood and the future plans of going to a mesh network. Two Rolling Rocks later, I'm pleased to announce that The Literary Cafe is the latest to join TWifi!

(Already got them on the CleveWifiWiki!)

Uncoordinated Planning

06/26/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

In the old blog site, I posted about the lousy job of planning events and RTA repair schedules. Well, here we are with one of the biggest events in Cleveland (as far as bringing in outside tourists) the Grand Prix and all the major highways into the city are slowed by construction.

Add to that that the Euclid Corridor Project makes running around downtown a noisy, dusty mess and though I was assured at one of the "town meetings" on the project that traffic patterns during construction were analyzed and Superior can more than handle the overflow, they have Superior all tore up for resurfacing or something. Even using RTA, is no help getting around cause the buses have to use the same crappy streets.

I have a picture of a storefront with a big sign GOING OUT OF BUSINESS on Euclid, right next to construction trucks ripping the road. (I post later when I xfer it from my phone) Somehow, I think all the positive growth that is supposed to come from this will only bring the level of business back to what it was BEFORE the construction.

This is a nice side of Cleveland to show our out of town guests.

Seeing is Believing

06/23/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

I read in the Public Technology Institute's email that Skype has video conferencing!

Skype Technologies' strategy of welcoming third-party vendors is spawning extensions to its internet telephony service. Its now branching into videoconferencing, data collaboration and mobile wireless calls.
This week Santa Cruz Networks launched vSkype Beta – group videoconferencing and collaboration software that lets Skype users meet online with as many as 200 associates who also use Skype.

Those on my Skype contact list (whether they acknowledged me or not) got a little invitation via the network. But you want to try it yourself you can get it at http://vskype.com

SuperBarrista Podcasted

06/22/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

If you missed yesterday's Capitalist Cleveland interview of Sarah Wilson-Jones on AM radio, here is a link to the mp3. Warning: it is the whole show and 50MB!

Sit back and have a Phoenix coffee while it downloads.

Attitude of Gratitude, WiFi Style

06/21/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Don Iannone has recently used this term and I just saw it on some Texan Televangelist show (Joyce something or other). Anyway, like most good ideas, this one got me to thinking about how much I appreciate those businesses and private citizens that keep their wifi access points open and share their broadband. And with democracy guy, Tim Russo, running around checking wifi spots in Rhode Island and expressing his enthusiasm on how good our NEO hotspots are, it is time to show our gratitude to our local hotspot keepers.

Dana Spiegel, MIT grad, entrepreneur extraordinaire and president of NYCWireless, has an online application called WifiThankyou.

Wi-Fi Thank You is a place where you can send a thank you message to anyone who provides a free Wi-Fi hotspot. We believe in free wireless and appreciate the people who provide it!

As a hotspot user you can use Wi-Fi Thank You to send a "Thank You" message to any free hotspot provider. As a free hotspot provider you can receive thanks from your hotspot users and the collective appreciation of the entire free hotspot community.

It's a great way to show how much these mavericks to hoarding are acknowledged and appreciated. Register and thank away. I'd love to see NEO gratitude of our hotspots blow away the rest of the country!

Early Radio with Your Coffee

06/20/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Hey, if you are like me and like to get up early to suck down some dark liquid intelligence and check email in your underwear (if you wear any), tune to WERE 1300 on your AM dial and listen to the SuperBarrista herself, Sarah Wilson-Jones, on Don Larson's program, Capitalist Cleveland.

The show is at 8:00 am TOMORROW MORNING (Tue June 21) and is sure to be a good complement to the wakeup cup of Phoenix joe. Nothing like sipping and listening coffee.

Outrageous Rates for WiFi?

06/20/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

As I advocate for community wireless internet with a near to zero price for the consumer in the name of public good, I usually use the anaolgy that restaurants have bathrooms but don't directly charge their patrons per sheet of TP they use.

Well, in an interview on Rocketboom.com (videoblog, boys and girls), Amanda Congdon talks to Andrew Rasiej, the candidate for NYC's Public Advocate (Cleveland should get one of those!) Andrew uses another analogy:

It's like buying shower water in bottles. ---Andrew Rasiej

The Original BuJu?

06/19/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Was Einstein the orginial BuJu? This quote from Jeff Shuler blog makes me think so.

A human being is part of the whole, called by us "universe," limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

-- Albert Einstein

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